Monday, November 21, 2016

The Importance of a Conservative Team Around Trump

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Donald Trump as President of the United States will only be as good as the people he surrounds himself with.  The impact conservatives have been having on who his transition team is, and his picks for his cabinet, has been critical.  So far, is picks are good ones.  It looks like he is putting in place a principled, conservative team that will help him do all of the things he promised to do.

Considering the doubts regarding Donald Trump that are in place because of the rhetoric of the liberal left, and the Republican Never Trump crowd, Trump picking the right people to surround him is essential.  While there is no shortage of valuable qualified conservative candidates to fill the thousands of positions in the executive branch that Donald Trump needs to fill, Trump still needs to pick among those folks, and leave out of the festivities those who would be hazardous to his agenda.

With the right team federal spending we be decreased.  With the right team regulations and taxes will be reduced, and the number of jobs available in this country will increase.  With the right team Obamacare will ride into the sunset, and healthcare will return to the private sector where it belongs.  With the right team in place the IRS will be less frightening, and decrease in size - and hopefully someday will be eliminated.  With the right team in place the education system will return to local control and Common Core will be nothing more than a nightmarish footnote of history.  With the right team in place the military will return to a level of strength that keeps America safe, and can handle any situation around the world as it rises.  With the right team in place terrorism will slink back into the shadows of the Middle East.  With the right team in place, Congress and President Trump will play well together in a manner more like a well practiced orchestra, and not like the Keystone Cops we've been seeing for the last eight years.

So far, so good.  Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff makes sense.  He emerged on the scene as a Tea Party guy in Wisconsin, but because of his time as RNC Chief, the establishment is willing to work with him.  Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor is brilliant.  Conservative.  Media savvy.  From the private sector.

Let's discuss some of the other picks, though:

⇾  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is Trump's choice for the next U.S. attorney general.  Sessions is one of my favorite conservatives in the United States Senate.  There is no doubt the Republicans will retain a Republican in his seat after the special election to replace him.  His native State of Alabama is a very red State.

When it comes to experience, Sessions previously served as attorney general for Alabama.  He has also served as a federal prosecutor, a role he filled before his election to the Senate.  Under President Gerald Ford’s administration, from 1975 to 1977, Sessions was the assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions to be U.S. attorney for the district, making him the lead federal prosecutor for the region.

Sessions was the first senator and among the only members of Congress to endorse Trump during the Republican presidential primary.  Trump not only is picking a good conservative for the post, but he is doing as he always does - he is rewarding loyalty.

Sessions has been nominated twice before, opting to withdraw his nomination in 1986 after Ronald Reagan nominated him despite the fact that the Republicans had control of the chamber at the time because of Democrat Party attacks attempting to label him as a racist from a "throwback era".  Since then, Sessions has earned bipartisan respect.  He is known to have filed multiple desegregation lawsuits as U.S. attorney, voted to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder, and advocated awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

In his current Senatorial role, Sessions is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will head the committee to conduct his confirmation hearing for attorney general.

⇾  Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is Trump's choice for Central Intelligence Agency director.  Pompeo is a very conservative member of the House of Representatives who has served in Congress since the tea party wave of 2010.  He is considered to be among the strongest national security voices in the House as a prominent member of the Intelligence Committee.

Pompeo is a former Army officer after having graduated first in his class at West Point, and he is a Harvard Law School graduate.  He has  been a staunch critic of Obama’s policies regarding Iran, supports keeping open Guantanamo Bay Prison, and supports the government's efforts to flush out Islamic terrorists among our population.  He defended George W. Bush's White House when they used interrogation techniques widely criticized by the Democrats.

As a congressman, Pompeo has sponsored 48 bills during his six years in Congress.  In addition to his position on the Intelligence Committee, Pompeo serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

⇾  Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, has been picked to serve as assistant to the president for national security affairs. Flynn accepted the position Friday.

While Flynn is a registered Democrat, his military experience is unquestionable.  He has served more than 35 years, serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total of almost five years in combat, and was a senior military intelligence officer in the Department of Defense.

He retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 after serving as director of the agency for two years.  Flynn supports the war on terrorism, has been an integral part of apprehending terrorists, and has vast knowledge in cyber-security and regarding the intelligence community.

Flynn has publicly criticized the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Flynn served as Trump’s top national security adviser during the campaign, advising Trump on the Islamic State, Iran, and the military.
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